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The Women of Wine: Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr Estate

For me, visiting and tasting wines is more about the people behind the wines than the sensory experience itself. So I was delighted to spend an afternoon with Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr, a boutique winery in St. Helena in Napa Valley. We gathered at the AOC Wine Bar for an amazing day of eating and sampling wines. Pam describes herself as a guide, a translator, between the vines and the wine. “The roots and soil are bound to the…

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Campo Viejo: Where women wine

Spain is one of the European countries I have not spent much time in but it’s pretty high up on my list of places that I need to get to know better. I developed an affinity for Spanish wines, primarily Tempranillo, on a trip to Madrid. And I’ve made it my mission to learn more about them. I love talking to winemakers, mainly because I believe they express their personalities through the wines they produce. Seriously, I can taste personalities.…

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Making Greek Wine in Sonoma California

When a Greek engineer moved to the U.S., he realized one of the things he missed the most about his homeland was the wine. Authentic Greek wines. The Greeks are deeply rooted in their belief that a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle are the keys to happiness and longevity. So Georgós Zanganas crafted his own plan to bring his beloved Greek wines to his new home in California. Today, he imports the highest quality grapes from Greece and makes Grecian-style wines…

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Achaval-Ferrer: A Passion For Wine, Redefined

I was recently invited to join the Achaval-Ferrer winery for a #MalbecMeatUp at Boa Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. The point was to show the breadth of Achaval-Ferrer’s Malbec and how well it pairs with innovative, modern-day steakhouse fare. The brand’s global ambassador Marcelo Victoria hosted us and provided an enlightened view of the winery’s passion for producing the highest quality, most authentic wines. As a grad student at Stanford in 1989, Argentinean Santiago Achaval discovered a passion that many college students…

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Where to go Wine Tasting in Italy: Umbria

wine tasting in Italy Umbria

Last fall, I convinced my husband that he really needed to experience Umbria and more wine tasting in Italy. I had traveled throughout the region when we lived in Italy, but he had never seen the true Italian countryside. So we set off to tour a few wineries in the region and received the VIP treatment. As we all know, Italians are passionate – they are passionate about love, their food, their fashion, but I got to see first-hand just how…

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Visiting one of Italy’s Lesser-known Wine Regions: Monferrato

Yeah, it’s no surprise by now that I like to drink wine, but in all honesty, I’d rather be exploring wine regions than actually imbibing. There’s one thing all wine regions have in common – beauty. But whether it’s Napa, Tuscany, Bordeaux, or lesser known regions, like Monferrato in the Northwest corner of Italy’s Piemonte region, each has a very unique terroir and approach to wine. The region of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato is known for food, art, and culture, but…

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